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Old 22 February 2016, 09:36   #1
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Launching Kimmeridge

Has anyone actually used the slip at Kimmeridge Dorset?

I have looked at Boatlaunch, all looks ok however wright up is from a few years ago.

Looking to take boat down beginning of May 2016, wife and myself to launch.

Pro's and Cons on the slip

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Old 22 February 2016, 14:22   #2
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Never launched there but live local.

MUST follow bouys when leaving bay. There ALOT if ledges of rocks so driving about in the bay isn't recommended.

Launching at high tide only as there is a ledge at the end of slipway.

Not sure on pricing. I know car park is 5.

Plenty of space for trailer/car parking.

Lots of dive ribs launch there in the summer.

If possible I would launch at Swanage or Portland.
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Old 22 February 2016, 14:27   #3
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Yes regularly. Use Easytide for Mupe Bay and avoid trying to launch or recover with anything less than 1m above chart datum shown on the tide curve. Can be a bit hairy getting in and out on the odd time that Kimmeridge reef is 'working' - normally needs a long period moderate southwesterly ground swell or strong south westerly wind blowing for a prolonged period (2nd of which you wouldn't want to be launching anyway). Fee to launch and park has now increased to 20 per day I believe (payable at top of toll road). Jet ski's are banned which is a massive bonus, but in summer time the place gets plagued by kayakers who cant seem to understand the no parking signs around the actual slipway and clog the place up so you can't get anywhere. The concrete slip is relatively steep and can get slimy at lower tides (see note above) so if only 2wd car maybe a heavy rope may be handy for these occasions. Gate to toll road is open very early, but gate down to slip itself is often locked until 7am and locked again at dusk. (Annoying if you get down there very early to catch a tide or slack water and cant launch!) There is a small step at the bottom of the concrete slip onto gravel and rock seabed, there is a prominent reef about 10m out from the end of the slip that most people hit 1st time - watch others or visit at low water to inspect. Several shallow reefs and ledges within the bay - follow 5 knot speed limit and small channel marker buoys if they are present. Beware snorkelling trail in bay and beware divers and snorkellers. Otherwise very nice spot.
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Old 23 February 2016, 09:33   #4
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Thanks for the info, I will take advice and use elsewhere, and while down that way, give it a look.


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If you end up launching at Swanage take note you can launch however there is no parking due to the rebuild of the RNLI boat house.

Trailers aren't allowed in the massive car park next to it which is a pain.

However they are allowed in the car park on the opposite side of the town haha

Plenty of road spaces about 0.5 Mile away on the hill however.
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